Aston Villa defender James Bree has completed a loan move to Ipswich until the end of the season having made just 21 starts since signing for the Midlands outfit in January 2017, according to BBC Sport.
The versatile defender is below Alan Hutton and Ahmed Elmohamady in the pecking order at Villa Park and will surely relish the opportunity to get some minutes under his belt – he will have his work cut out for him, though, as the Tractor Boys are rock bottom of the Championship, having taken just 18 points from 29 games.
Villa, meanwhile, are looking to push for a play-off spot and will surely be hoping that the deadline day loan signing of Tyrone Mings from Bournemouth will give them some much-needed security in defence; Dean Smith’s side have let in 46 goals this campaign, only relegation battlers Rotherham and Ipswich have conceded more.
The decision to let Bree go, then, is a brave one considering the lack of depth in the backline – the 21-year-old can play at the heart of defence, too – and the frequency at which the quality of the current right-back options is called into question.
The Villa Park faithful certainly seem to think that allowing the former Barnsley man to leave was a mistake, as they reacted on Twitter…
Wow didn't see that one coming ?
— BobV3 (@BobVee3) January 31, 2019
— Chewy (@stourhill) January 31, 2019
Not sure i understand?!?! Hutton and Elmohamady for the rest of the season… God help us!
— Roy Kjetil Nylend (@royken86) January 31, 2019
Is it me or as the club gone nuts
— Zaggy (@zaggy59) January 31, 2019
What a joke.
— Phil Round (@phil_round88) January 31, 2019
Baffling. Absolutely baffling
— Scott (@ScottMooney92) January 31, 2019
Dean must not rate him then can only mean a right back in coming
— wayne (@Powellw91) January 31, 2019
I reckon that’s the last we’ll see of him in a Villa shirt.
— John Johnson (@JJxxxxxxxxxxxxx) January 31, 2019
Hoping DS hasn’t done a brucie and loaned out players we need….
— Me (@Hotwheels_1978) January 31, 2019
We must have someone coming in, if not this is brainless
— stuart hill (@hill_hilly18) January 31, 2019